Thursday, 14 January 2010

Chocolate-Aubergine Cake

Ever feel like no matter how much chocolate you eat it just doesn't cut it? For me this is the cake for just those moments....Think chocolate mousse in cake form....
I found this cake in Harry Eastwood's 'Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache' but ended up playing around with it a bit...

© Verena Kersken

Chocolate-Aubergine Cake
2 largeish Aubergines (you'll want around 600 to 700 grams overall)
400 g Dark Chocolate (I find anything over 80% gets excessive...lovely when you eat it but don't see the point for cooking...)
75 g Cocoa Powder
100 g Ground Almonds
4 Eggs
300 g Clear Honey
3 tsp Baking Powder
A pinch of Salt
1 tbsp Rum

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 26cm springform tin with baking parchment (or tinfoil if you're really struggling...but you might end up picking bits of aluminium off you warned).
Next you're gonna pretend the aubergines are your ex or your high-school Latin teacher and puncture their skin with a fork. Put them into a bowl, cover with cling film and put them into the microwave for just under 10 minutes. When you take them out drain the water at the bottom and then let them cool(this is the important bit) before taking their skin off (believe me burning your fingers while skinning aubergines does not make you a happy rather wait 5 minutes too long...and reheat them afterwards....).
Next you want to puree the aubergines either with one of those hand-held stick things or with whatever blendery thing you happen to have (this might take some time...but it'll get there...). Stir in the chocolate and set it aside until the chocolate has completely melted...put it back into the microwave for a bit if you have to....
Admire the velvety-chocolatey-amazingess in front of you!
Combine all the other ingredients and fold in the chocolate aubergine mix - it might take a while to combine....
Put everything into the tin and bake it for about 35-40 minutes (if your skewer comes out clean you'll have done something wrong...) and enjoy while still semi-warm...
If you have leftovers, you can freeze them really well and just microwave them when you need them. Best thing ever after a long day or when you're stuck for desert when you've got friends over.

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